Stevenage make the 120-mile journey to Nottinghamshire, looking to upset promotion-chasing Mansfield Town with Football League status confirmed for next season…
Steve Evans’ side secured their place in Sky Bet League Two for next season with victory over Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. Under less pressure than before, Boro now go into this fixture aiming to boost their unbeaten run to five. Mansfield on the other hand are positioned sixth in the table as they look to maintain a place in the play-offs.
Mansfield Town were founded in 1897 before being elected into the Football League in 1931. The club had an illustrious stay in the Football League, which included becoming champions of the fourth and third tier back-to-back in the mid 1970s. The Stags also have a Football League Trophy win to their name, picking up a victory in the 1987 final.
Mansfield’s 77-year stay in The EFL came to an end as the club suffered relegation to The Conference. However, five years later, The Stags climbed back into Sky Bet League Two where they have played their Football ever since. Current Stevenage FC manager Steve Evans took charge of Mansfield Town from November 2016 to February 2018, possessing a 46% win-rate during his tenure.
So far this season, Mansfield have been a real threat in Sky Bet League Two, winning twenty one of their forty-three league matches. The club’s most recent fixture ended 2-0 to The Stags at home against Crawley Town after the away side were reduced to ten men.
Boro and The Stags have been very familiar with each other over the last decade, having met eighteen times. Stevenage have won six of those contests with Mansfield winning nine and the sides drawing just three times. The first time the two clubs met was in 2008 as Boro won 3-2 at The Lamex with Michael Bostwick, Steve Morison and Mitchell Cole all on the scoresheet.
Mansfield have played their home games at the One Call Stadium for just over a century. The ground boasts the record of the oldest stadium in The EFL, hosting football since 1861. It holds a capacity of 9,186 with a record attendance of 24,467 being hit in 1953 as Nottingham Forest arrived at The One Call Stadium.
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